Meet MA Graduate Lucy Vang
Oct. 13, 2016
Lucy Vang figures, in some ways, she already had been on the job for quite some time before making the decision to officially become a Medical Assistant (MA).
âIâve always been my familyâs Medical Assistant,â said Vang, a wife and mother of three. As a first-generation Hmong American, she had always found herself assisting her family and relatives with bridging the language gap. âI helped them fill out paperwork when they had to go to the doctor, school conferences, translate letters and help my grandparents with their medications.â
For Vang, filling out paperwork during her familyâs doctor visits was a logical extension of her profession at the time â as an administrator for a large business services and printing company in Portland, Ore. It was an occupation she knew she didnât want to be in for the long run.
âIt just wasnât where I wanted to go,â she said.
Making a change to Medical Assistant
On a Wednesday, Vang remembers, she decided to go down to her local Concorde Career College â Portland
campus, where she initially intended to check out its Medical Office Assistant
âThe counselor I spoke to said, the way I carried myself, I was not going to be a good fit for that program,â she said. âI was told I was more of a people person, and that Iâd be happier working directly with patients than in the background doing administrative stuff.â
That led Vang to the Medical Assistant
program. But, before she committed, the counselor had one more task for Vang to complete.
Family most important
âThe counselor asked me to first call my husband,â she said. âHome life mattered to them, and it was important that my family knew what was coming.
âMy husband was up for it. That was Wednesday. I started classes Friday evening.â
What followed were eight months of intensive, accelerated learning and training that Vang said fully prepared her for a career as an MA. At the end of her program, she performed an externship with Legacy Medical Group, applied to its resource pool, and was hired there full-time one month after graduating in May 2015.
She passed her one-year anniversary with Legacy earlier this year and said she never dreamed sheâd be where she is today.
âConcorde was one of my best vehicles that helped me gain the confidence I needed to change my life,â Vang said. âTo say thank you doesnât seem enough.â
Words weren't enough
So, Vang didnât âsayâ it. Instead, she wrote a letter with the heading, To My Concorde Family
. In it, she shared the celebration of her one-year anniversary âwith a wealth of people who truly cared about my accomplishments and my future.â
Another excerpt â¦ .
âYou have been a part of a journey in my life that opened up my eyes to the endless possibilities of what I could do for myself, my family and the lives I may change tomorrow. I want you to know that you have impacted me in a powerful and purposeful way.â
Vang goes on to list a number of the committee positions and leadership roles sheâs assumed at Legacy, largely because of the ways her Concorde training motivated her.
âIâm so happy I can conquer every day and any challenge with a mindset that I am physically and mentally able to help all these people I come in contact with every day,â she said. âIt all started with a vision, a will and Concorde.â